Katie King scored a career-high 18 points against Weber State.
Dec. 19, 2008
OGDEN, Utah - The Utah women's basketball team dropped a heartbreaker to Weber State on Friday evening, 65-63.
The two teams traded the lead back-and-forth for the entire second half, with neither team holding more than a four-point lead. Weber State appeared to have the game locked up in the final minute, taking a 62-60 lead with a lay-up from Joey O'Neill with 1:14 remaining and stretching the lead to 63-60 with fifteen seconds remaining on a free-throw from Tonya Schnibbe.
Schnibbe missed her second free throw, and Halie Sawyer pulled down the rebound, getting the ball down the court to an open Morgan Warburton, who sunk a 3-point basket to tie the game, 63-63 with 10 seconds remaining.
Although Utah got the ball back on a Warburton steal, Schnibbe stole the ball with five seconds left before Katie King fouled Sarah Conner to stop the clock. Conner hit both her free throws with a second remaining, giving the Wildcats a 65-63 lead and sealing the Utes fate.
Warburton led Utah with 24 points, while King had a double-double with a career-high 18 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Kalee Whipple was also in double digit scoring with 10 points.
"Katie played really well," head coach Elaine Elliott said. "I thought that was her best game. She really finished around the rim as much as she's done."
The Utes out-rebounded Weber State, 39-24, but turnovers continued to plague the Utes, committing 17 to the Wildcats eight. Weber converted those turnovers into 24 points. The Utes also has 15 fouls, compared to seven for Weber State.
Schnibbe led the Wildcats with 20 points. Conner (14 points) and O'Neill (13 points) were also in double-digit scoring.
Utah has a quick turnaround, returning to the court on Saturday, Dec. 20, against Mississippi State. The Bulldogs are 9-0 after defeating Utah Valley, 71-63, on Friday. The game is part of a doubleheader with the Utah men's basketball team. Fans with tickets to the men's game can stay for the women's game for free.